The Air France flight 22 from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport was escorted an hour before his arrival by F15 fighter jets from the US Army to the John F. Kennedy Airport New York following an anonymous threat, announced Monday the New York television station WABC.
A dozen had threatened
A dozen planes been threatened, deemed not credible, launched from the United States on Monday, one bomb against an Air France plane to New York.
Ten had maximum “have been the subject of threats” “would come mostly from the same source” but none of them “not proved credible “, told AFP a source close to the case.
According to the US television network NBC, citing the FBI, a man Monday called several police stations in the United United by claiming that chemical weapons were aboard several aircraft.
As a precaution, the Air France flight 22 was escorted by US fighters to the John F Airport . Kennedy “following a threat from a telephone call” , the federal police said in a statement.
The AF22 flight left Paris CDG at 6:32 GMT (8:32 French time) and arrived in New York at 14:17 GMT (4:17 p.m. in France), confirmed FlightAware specialized website.
The plane landed without incident and was taken to a secure area to be searched, said the TV channel.
According to CNN, no bomb or other dangerous material was found on board the aircraft.
The operator of a police station in the State of Maryland, Garrett County, received an anonymous call shortly after 6:30 (10:30 GMT), said the state police in a statement.
“The person who called uttered a bomb threat against civil aviation” , said the police, who confirmed to AFP it was the Air France flight.
After this call, the FBI (Federal Police) and a Maryland anti-terrorist intelligence center “were immediately informed” , according to police.
ABC News reported for its share of a threat of attack “chemical” .
The unit was escorted by fighter planes about “one hour before his arrival, after threats from a telephone call placed from the States States’ , said a spokesman for Air France in Paris.
According to the airline, the aircraft arrived in New York almost on time and was parked “in a special area of the airport” Kennedy, where “security checks are underway” .
The Norad military command responsible for aviation safety in the United States and Canada, then said in a statement it had “launched two F-15 (Monday ) as a precautionary measure to escort the flight 22 of Air France ‘ to John F. Kenney Airport in New York.